PA 16-153—SB 21

Veterans' Affairs Committee

Judiciary Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE MILITARY DEPARTMENT'S NONDISCRIMINATION LAWS

SUMMARY: This act broadens the scope of the law that bars discrimination in the state's armed forces to more closely align with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities' anti-discrimination laws and federal policies relating to the armed forces.

Prior law prohibited denying membership or promotion in the state's armed forces based on race, creed, or color, and it also prohibited the state's armed forces from forming units or assigning duties or accommodations that resulted in segregation based on these criteria. The act, in both cases, eliminates creed and additionally prohibits discrimination based on religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression. It subjects the provision on membership and promotion to federal laws or regulations governing National Guard membership, and it allows assignment of separate types of duties and accommodations consistent with any federal military regulation and service policy.

The state's armed forces consist of the organized militia, the Connecticut National Guard, naval militia, and Marine Corps branch of the naval militia, whenever organized (CGS 27-2).

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

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